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Interpretation

Schoenberg’s music, often maligned as intellectual and all too dissonant ( due to his composition method ) is in reality ( just like Anton von Webern’s music ) amongst the most expressive music ever written. A kind of Brahms on steroids, due to the extreme chromaticism, the abandonement of tonality, but — and this is […]

Die schönste Nacht

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, not only a highly original composer but also a formidable pianist can be heard here in full swing playing and humming. Quite infectious and wonderful ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXDuBKvQ8-U

“Les Roses d’Ispaham”

As an ardent and unrelenting Faure admirer ( his music comes next to Mozart and Schubert in subtlety ) one further attempt to find the ideal interpretation of one of Faure’s most exquisite songs. And it is no surprise that Victoria de los Ángeles delivers a stunning rendition.

Sleeplessness

According to Forkel, Bach’s first biographer ( 1802 ) this is how the Goldbergvariations came into existence: “For this model…, we are indebted to Count Keyserlingk, formerly Russian envoy to the court of the Elector of Saxony, who frequently resided in Leipzig, and brought with him Goldberg, who has been mentioned above, to have him […]

Hiromi

An incredible tour de force, staggering virtuosity and spontaneity by Japanese Jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara. A far cry from some of the classical keyboard artists…

Schubert’s 10th Symphony

The fragmentary 10th symphony. Here is the 2nd movement, which exists only in a unfinished piano sketch. Highly interesting, it clearly resembles other late works such as the Unfinished Symphony !

Teresa Stich-Randall

Quite a discovery: American soprano Teresa Stich-Randall ( 1927 – 2007 ). Haven’t heard of her before, but it seems to me that she possessed one of the most natural and beautiful voices.

KV 414

At Barratt Due Music Institute where I teach we have a pre college division and a college. Here is my 11 year student Sophia Mina Friedensburg with the 1st mvt. of Mozart’s piano concerto KV 414 accompanied by the pre college chamber orchestra.

Faure update

The 13 Barcarolles have now been recorded at the WDR and its splendid Bismarck Hall in Central Cologne. Despite having being struck with a nasty virus that plagued me intensely during those 3 days once sitting at the instrument I felt suddenly as fresh a spring chicken. Amazing and unexpected that. Needless to say I […]

2 Songs

As my recording session with the complete set of Faure’s Barcarolles is now only a bit more than a week away I am sampling more of his utterly addictive music. And here are two finds of the highest quality: the song “Adieu” sung by Gérard Souzay and one of Faure’s most mesmerising songs: “Les Roses […]